You would be forgiven if, during the first few minutes of Versace’s Spring/Summer 2015 show, you had the distinct impression that you were witnessing a new, more consumer-friendly direction for the brand. After all, the relaxed suits trimmed with a frieze motif and exaggerated whipstitching were a lot more tame than what we’ve come to expect from the brand. But the bare midriffs and leg-revealing slits that slowly crept through as the show progressed were a sign that the status quo still very much applied. The Versace woman is such a cemented ideal that a few stray flirtations with casual daywear are definitely not going to change anything.
By the ninth look, the Versace runway had returned to skimpy, barely-there looks with netted separates as the only thing that kept a cropped halter and micro-mini from being mistaken for underwear. Body-conscious dresses crisscrossed with curving and checkered lines, mesh, and lacquered leather sheaths, while mini skirts kept Versace’s sensual, luxe aesthetic alive. Detail work was rather intense, accomplished with intricate laser cuts – on the clothes and the accessories – and grommets of all sizes. Standout looks included Donatella’s sheer-and-opaque column gowns that were finished colorful sashes. The collection ended on a glittering, multi-colored note, a reminder that the Versace woman still intended to be the center of attention wherever she went next season.
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